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For special education students, diplomas, jobs increasingly elusive
The Hechinger Report
Four weeks into a medical assistant program at Antonelli College, Nikki Mclendon eagerly took her parents to the college's student appreciation day. The 20-year-old looked forward to discussing her progress and pre-registering for the next term, but instead received devastating news. School officials told the Mclendons their daughter was ineligible to continue. Without warning, the career technical college that accepted Mclendon a year after she finished high school said the "occupational diploma" she'd received from Forrest County Agricultural High School disqualified her.
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Education Department official reaffirms commitment to grade-level testing
Education Week
Students with disabilities should be taught to rigorous academic standards, said Deborah S. Delisle, the education department's assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, in a press conference with reporters on Thursday. Delisle's comments came in response to a question from Joy Resmovits of the Huffington Post, who asked department officials about a proposal in New York to test certain students with disabilities up to two grades below their chronological grade level. This request is part of the state's renewal of its waiver from No Child Left Behind standards.
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Individuals with ADHD have communicative difficulty, study finds
Science Daily
People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are less able to consider the perspective of their conversational partner, says research from the University of Waterloo. The findings may lead to new remediation that can improve the way individuals with the disorder interact and communicate with others. The research appears in two published studies, one in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research is focused on children, the other addresses adults and appears in the Journal of Attention Disorders.
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Dyslexic students may get help from Tennessee legislature
The Tennessean
When Melissa Tackett's daughter started first grade at Crockett Elementary School, it quickly became clear she was struggling to learn how to read. Despite a head for math and science, she had trouble memorizing the order of the alphabet, rhyming words and keeping track of phonetic sounds. She struggled remembering which direction each letter and number faced. An extra in-school reading program helped but wasn't enough to catch her up to others. It turned out that Tackett's daughter had dyslexia, something the family found out after expensive testing outside the public school system.
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How do we help children identify as readers?
Psychology Today (commentary)
Jamie Zibulsky, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, writes: "When I was a child, reading was my favorite pasttime. My parents, who are early risers, often reminisce about coming down the stairs of our house before the sun was up, tiptoeing because they thought no one else was awake, and finding me sitting on the floor of my room, reading stories to my stuffed animals. Each day, I read before school and in the evening. When a book was particularly gripping, I could be found reading in the hallways of my school, in the car while being coerced into doing errands, and under my covers with a flashlight. Clearly, I read for my own satisfaction."
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How do you learn best? Hands-on style tops survey results
Education Week
Score one for a hands-on style of learning, especially among young people. A new survey finds that getting physically involved in learning something trumps reading about it. The results paint a picture of a very different kind of learning than what is typically found in most classrooms.
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Intensive small-group tutoring and counseling helps struggling students
The New York Times
By the time they reach eighth grade, according to federal tests, half of all African-American schoolboys have not mastered the most basic math skills that educators consider essential for their grade level.

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In plain language: 5 big FAQ's about dyslexia
Psychology Today
Psychologists, cognitive scientists and neuroscientists are unraveling the mysteries of dyslexia. But if you are a parent, teacher or caregiver, it may be hard to read and comprehend the latest research.

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Common Core's promise collides with IEP realities
Education Week
One of the most promising elements of common academic standards for students with disabilities, say experts in special education, is that they offer explicit connections from one set of skills to another.

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Math and inquiry: The importance of letting students stumble
MindShift
For subjects like math and foreign language, which are traditionally taught in a linear and highly structured context, using more open-ended inquiry-based models can be challenging. Teachers of these subjects may find it hard to break out of linear teaching style because the assumption is that students can't move to more complicated skills before mastering basic ones. But inquiry learning is based on the premise that, with a little bit of structure and guidance, teachers can support students to ask questions that lead them to learn those same important skills — in ways that are meaningful to them.
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News literacy: Critical thinking skills for the 21st century
Edutopia (commentary)
Peter Adams, senior vice president for educational programs at The News Literacy Project, writes: "Every teacher I've worked with over the last five years recalls two kinds of digital experiences with students. The first I think of as digital native moments, when a student uses a piece of technology with almost eerie intuitiveness. As digital natives, today's teens have grown up with these tools and have assimilated their logic. The second I call digital naiveté moments, when a student trusts a source of information that is obviously unreliable"
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Recent polls: Do educators support the Common Core?
Edutopia
There is a lot of misinformation being spread about the Common Core. And some of it the public believes. The 2013 PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Towards the Public Schools found that of those who had heard of the Common Core, 49 percent of respondents agree with the false statement that the initiative will create standards in all subjects, and 39 percent agree with the false statement that the Common Core was developed based on a blend of state standards.
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Some states rebrand controversial Common Core education standards
The Washington Post
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer used an executive order to strip the name "Common Core" from the state's new math and reading standards for public schools. In the Hawkeye State, the same standards are now called "The Iowa Core." And in Florida, lawmakers want to delete "Common Core" from official documents and replace it with the cheerier-sounding "Next Generation Sunshine State Standards." In the face of growing opposition to the Common Core State Standards — a set of K-12 educational guidelines adopted by most of the country — officials in a handful of states are worried that the brand is already tainted. They're keeping the standards but slapping on fresh names they hope will have greater public appeal.
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